Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Valencia Basket - Banvit BK Bandirma

Valencia Basket Banvit pick

Last year's Eurocup runner's up Valencia Basket will host Banvit BK tonight in the opening day of Eurocup Basketball 2012-2013 season. Banvit BK reached to top 16 last year in the same competition where Valencia Basket made it to the finals but lost against BC Khimki and finished the tournament at the second place.

Valencia Basket started to Spanish League very well, winning 5 of the first 6 games. They only lost against Estudiantes on the road with score of 85-82. Currently they are at the second place in Spanish ACB. Banvit BK Bandirma also has only one lose in its domestic league where they lost against Anadolu Efes in the first match day of Turkish Basketball League. Valencia has important players such as Rafa Martinez, Stefan Markovic, Serhiy Lischuckv, Marko Keselj etc. They also signed Chris Quinn to provide some reinforcements for outside shooting. Banvit BK maintained their core squad; the only major loss is point guard Baris Ermis who joined to Fenerbahce Ulker. They made the addition of Vladimir Stimac and Sammy Meija.

Since Banvit BK's league results are of no indication for a game of this caliber, we perhaps better evaluate statistics from last year's Eurocup tournament. Last year, Banvit BK performed terribly on the road, losing 5 of their 6 games. The least of the losing margin is 5 points when they lost against Krka Novo Mesto with the score 78-73. The worst defeat was attained against Gran Canaria 2014, another spanish team, with a 24 points difference. Valencia Basket won its all home games, 4 of which are by double digits. There is no need to emphasize how strong they are at home, one of the key factors making them to the finals.

Banvit BK isn't significantly improved this year, neither in terms of rotation quality nor in terms of playing mentality. The team is still coached by Orhun Ene, so i don't expect them to perform a lot better than they did last year. To me, Valencia Basket should be capable of covering the handicap very easily.

Pick : Valencia Basket -8.5 @ 1.90

Good luck and Happy betting!

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